Not that he needed further validation, but adding SEC schools to his choices provided a lift of sorts.
“I think it gives me more confidence knowing that I can play on the SEC level and the ACC level,” the 6-foot, 190-pound McMillian said. “It makes me more confident with my abilities that God gave me.”
Stanford recruiting coordinator and quarterbacks coach Mike Sanford visited Hylton last week. That was huge for McMillian, who had previously mentioned the Cardinal as a program that he was hoping would consider him.
Hylton Coach Tony Lilly expects Stanford to offer. Gonzaga’s Kevin Hogan is the Cardinal’s current quarterback and Stone Bridge senior All-Met Ryan Burns is headed to the Palo Alto, Calif., campus as well.
Some schools, including Stanford, are considering McMillian more as an “athlete” but many plan to gauge him as a quarterback first in the coming months.
McMillian, who last season threw for 1,326 yards and 12 touchdowns (with nine interceptions) and ran for 1,242 yards and 16 scores, said he would prefer to stay under center but would not rule out playing a different position.
He would like to study engineering, so schools that offer that curriculum might have an advantage in landing him. McMillian said he would like to hear from Duke and also likes Virginia, Virginia Tech and Illinois, all of whom have offered. Virginia Tech Coach Frank Beamer dropped in on him at Hylton last week.
Lilly thinks that North Carolina’s offensive system might be the best fit for McMillian’s skills but UNC is not particularly known for its engineering program.
“He’s a high school Peyton Manning is what he is,” Lilly said. “The kid probably studies more film than I do. He’s wearing me out this offseason with plays and schemes that he comes up with that kind of fall in line with some of the things we do. He’s a kid that I’d hire as a coach pretty quickly.”
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